Evidence base

Infrastructure Victoria’s advice on when we might need a new port and where it should be located must be based on the best available evidence. We have used existing studies, undertaken new technical investigations and consulted with key stakeholders and local communities over the past six months to develop this evidence.

As our work has progressed, it has become clear there are a number of factors that will be critical to our advice on when to invest in new capacity and where. These are:

• Ship size: what size ships are likely to want to visit Australia, what is the biggest ship that can access the Port Phillip Heads, and how much we value being able to accept an unrestricted ship size

Cost of complementary infrastructure: the capital and operating cost of the complementary transport infrastructure to support each port

Environmental and social impacts: the impact expanding the Port of Melbourne or developing a new port would have on significant environmental and social values, and what that means for the difficulty of securing environmental approvals.

Our discussion paper explains the evidence we have gathered on these factors, as well as other issues that need to be considered when planning new port capacity, such as trade and container demand forecasts.

Consistent with our approach, we are releasing this evidence to help promote understanding and build consensus on our evidence base.

We are now inviting stakeholders and the community to consider this evidence and bring forward any further evidence they may have, before we deliver our advice to the Minister in May this year.